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There are 680 housing units available to people assigned to Hurlburt Field. To request an on-base house, take a copy of your orders to the housing office at your current base the month prior to your reporting month and complete a housing application form. A copy of your orders and the application will be forwarded to the Hurlburt housing office, located in Bldg. 90371, in advance of your report date. Allocation of base quarters is based on rank, family size and date of application. The Hurlburt housing office is open Monday through Friday, 6:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Central time. For more permanent party housing information, call (850) 884-7505, Ext. 100, (DSN: 579). For transient accommodations, call the lodging office at (850) 884-7115.

Three hundred eighty housing units are available on both sides of Highway 98. Base-side (north) units are for junior and senior NCOs. On the south side, units are distributed to officers and junior NCOs. Three hundred units for junior enlisted and junior and senior NCOs are located three miles out the back gate in Commando Village.

Unaccompanied Quarters

There are currently 11 dormitories on Hurlburt Field for E1- E4 personnel. E4s with more than three years of service, or within 60 days of reaching three years of service upon arrival, are eligible to move directly off base w/BAH. There are no unaccompanied quarters for officers and noncommissioned officers. Most facilities have been renovated to include carpeting and accent walls. West Campus dorms are centrally located near the recreation center, fitness center, dining hall, post office, AAFES shoppette/service station, chapel and library. East Campus dorms are located adjacent to a dining facility/ fitness complex and across the street from the medical clinic, commissary and main exchange.

Off-Base Housing

Rental rates for average-quality accommodations (excluding utilities) are $800 to $1,400 for a two-bedroom house, $750 to $2,200 for three bedrooms, and $1,200 and up for four bedrooms. There are plenty of apartments available throughout the area. Prices vary, but on average you can expect to pay $500 to $700 for one bedroom, $450 to $1,100 for two bedrooms, and $1,400 and up for three bedrooms. Condos in the Emerald Coast area are between $600 to $1,800 for one bedroom, $775 to $2,100 for two bedrooms and $775 to $2,000 for three bedrooms. Duplexes can run you from $375 for a one-bedroom layout up to $2,000 for a three-bedroom dwelling.

Animal Control

The Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is contracted to catch, capture and remove stray, abandoned, abused or vicious dogs and cats on Hurlburt Field. Contact PAWS at (850) 243-1525 or (850) 244-0196, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. requests for animal control services should only be made to PAWS for animals that pose immediate threats.

Weapon Registation

People staying in base dormitories or TLFs must store their privately owned weapons in the Security Forces armory, located in Bldg. 90603. Anyone permanently residing in family housing must register any privately owned firearm within 72 hours of arrival to the installation with their unit orderly room. Firearms are defined as a handgun or rifle that fires a projectile. Weapons cannot be stored in privately owned vehicles, nor will they be transported on the installation unless traveling to and from the base firing range or the armory. When transporting a weapon it will be unloaded, in a case or appropriate carrier and ammunition will be stored separately from the weapon. The Security Forces armory can store limited amounts private ammunition. People residing in base housing will ensure all weapons stored in their housing units are secured in an appropriately constructed locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock (i.e., trigger locks) or other safety devices. Ammunition can be stored in a locked drawer of a gun cabinet or stored in a gun safe.

Ammunition not stored in a gun safe will be placed in another location that a reasonable, prudent person would believe to be secure from a child or other unauthorized individual. Call Security Forces Pass & Registration at (850) 884-5233 for more information or to register a firearm.

Family Support

The Airman and Family Readiness Center, in Bldg. 90213, is open to all military members (to include Guard and Reserve), retirees and DoD civilians, single and married and their families. The center's function is matching individuals and families with the right resources to meet their specific needs. Unit Community Readiness Consultants (CRC) assists members and their families with personalized services that begin with a personal evaluation. CRCs then become a family's link to comprehensive services. Seminars and individual assistance are available for the following: assisting commanders with their responsibility for the health and welfare of the military community and assisting individuals and families adapt to the changes and challenges of military life. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed on government holidays. The main center's phone number is (850) 884-5441 or DSN 850-579-5441. (Emergency after-hours assistance is available through First Sergeants or the Hurlburt Field Command Post.)

The Airman and Family Readiness Center services include helping members and their families get settled into the Hurlburt Community by:
• Linking individuals to resources on- and off-base based on personal needs
• Career coaching for spouses
• Helping members and their families find volunteer opportunities
• Assisting with personal financial planning and budgeting
• Providing emergency financial assistance in the form of no-interest loans or grants from Air Force Aid Society
• Providing relationship skills building for singles, married members and parents
• Creating an individual and/or family plan suitable to the military member's anticipated deployment schedule and to cope with hurricanes or other natural/ man made threats day-to-day; the center can assist in coping with work-life challenges as they occur as well as providing a link to educational information on a variety of subjects to include:
• Planning for major life events, engagement, marriage, having children, divorce or retirement
• Assisting members in maintaining deployment and readiness plans
• Educating members on financial issues such as purchasing a car or home and using credit smartly; and information and skills building for personal financial management ranging from basic budgeting to building an investment plan
• Emergency financial assistance in the form of no-interest loans or grants from Air Force Aid Society
• Linking individuals to information, resources and programs when planning for a permanent change of station
• Assisting members who are about to retire or separate from the Air Force

Located in the Airman and Family Readiness Center, this volunteer-managed program offers extra assistance to relocating families. The Loan Closet offers baby items, small kitchen appliances, dishes, silverware, irons, ironing boards, tables, chairs and futons for short-term use (no linens available). The hours of operation are from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Volunteers are always needed. For information, call (850) 884-6201.

The Airman's Attic provides a free service to Airmen (E-6 and below) in need of items such as furniture, uniforms, kitchen appliances/household goods, maternity clothes, children's clothing (up to size six), cribs and infant items. Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call (850) 884-7769.

The Loan Closet is located at the Airman and Family Readiness Center and is operated by Family Services volunteers. Items available for loan include folding mattresses, ironing boards, cribs, booster seats, tables, chairs, pots, pans, some kitchen appliances, etc. Items are provided to active duty, family members and retirees for a determined period of time. Hours are Monday-Friday, from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. For more information, call (850) 884-6201.

The Thrift Shop is open to all ranks and carries items such as clothing, furniture, appliances and household goods. All proceeds benefit the local military community. Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and the first and third Saturday of each month, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call (850) 884-3098.

Child Care

Providing more than full-day child care, the Child Development Center promotes active learning programs for children age 6 months to 5 years and has a vested interest in Hurlburt's future, our children. The physical environment protects the children and supports a developmental program. Developmentally appropriate activities promote the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children. An adequate number of adults are provided to protect the health and safety of children, implement the developmental program and provide quality interactions to promote children's wellbeing and development. The staff has the qualifications and training required to protect the health and safety of children and provide a program of developmentally appropriate activities. Meals and snacks are provided and served in a pleasant way to meet the children's nutritional needs and promote good eating habits. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the center. Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale for total family income. In addition to full-day care, part-day preschool, hourly care and surge care are also available. The hours of operation are 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (850) 884-6937.

Base housing residents can start a rewarding career that will allow them to earn an income and shape the future of the next generation as licensed Hurlburt Field family child care providers. Family Child Care (FCC) is an alternative to the Child Development Center for families that need full-time care,evening care, weekend care, care for children with special needs, infants and school-age children, and care during swing- and mid-shifts. For more information, call (850) 581-1207.

Extended duty care is provided for military or DoD civilian members who need care beyond the member's regular 50-hour per week child care arrangements. Examples are working late, working weekends, experiencing a shift change or are called in to support a deployment. FCC providers will pick the children up at (or take them to) their regular child care arrangements on base. This is a FREE program. For more information, call (850) 581-1207.

Military members returning from a deployment are granted 16-hours of free care to spend time with spouses and catch up on family duties. For more information, call (850) 581-1207.

Families may use 20-hours of family child care within 60 days before the family's departure from a base and 60 days after arriving at the new base, which will be paid for by the AF Aid society through the Child Care for PCS program. This program is open to all ranks. For more information, call (850) 884-6830.

The Air Force Aid Society provides funding for child care in FCC homes for volunteers who are engaged in supporting programs that benefit the Air Force community. This is a free program. For more information, call (850) 884-6830.


A recent initiative sponsored by DoD provides families of severely injured military members with assistance to find and pay for safe, licensed child care services for a period of six months during their period of recuperation. (Extensions beyond the six-month period are considered based upon physician reassessment.) Family Member Programs staff works with the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral to assist families in locating care. The program is available nationwide wherever the injured member is receiving either in-patient or out-patient medical care and allows the spouse to be at bedside or to help with outpatient medical appointments. DoD provides a financial offset to the civilian child care fees during the recovery period. More information is available on the NACCRRA website.


The Base Education Services office, in Bldg. 90220, provides a variety of educational opportunities for military members,DoD civilians,military retirees and their families. Programs offered can range from certificates to master's degrees. Information is available on a variety of education programs offered on- and off-base. Classes are offered during lunch, in the evenings and on weekends in both traditional and accelerated formats including distance learning. Testing is available Monday through Thursday. Testing and counseling are by appointment. For more information, call (850) 884-6724. 


The Hurlburt Field Base Exchange is located in Bldg. 91012, next to the commissary and provides all exchange facilities and privileges to authorized personnel and their families. The facility provides more than 60,000 square feet of floor space including the main exchange, several smaller stores and a food court. A deferred payment plan is available. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Military Clothing Sales is in the Mini-Mall near Burger King. The Shoppette, in Bldg. 90075 is a 24-hour facility that contains an AutoPride, Class Six, auto parts and service center. For more information, call (850) 581-0030.

The Hurlburt Field Commissary is in Bldg. 91013, across from the Hurlburt Clinic. The 64,000-square foot facility provides more than 10,000 line items with discounts of 30 percent or better. Proper identification must be presented at check out. For more information, call (850) 881-2138 or (850) 881-2139.


The Riptide serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It features an expanded short order service as well as carryout. This dynamic facility is open Monday through Friday. For more information, call (850) 881-5127 or (850) 881-5128.

The Reef serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in an all-you-can-eat buffet style. It currently provides more than 900 meals daily and is the only facility in the Air Force providing full-time buffet meals. Take-out meals are not available. For more information, call (850) 884-4970. 


Hurlburt Field has two all ranks clubs with membership available. The benefits of membership include value pricing on food items, coupons and special programs monthly.

The elegant Soundside Club Sunday Brunch is well known in the local area with reservations suggested. With a beautiful waterfront lawn and view, it is no wonder weddings, retirements, birthdays and catering make up the majority of functions held at this facility. For more information, call (850) 884-7507.

J.R. Rockers Sports Cafe was the first sports themed café in the Air Force. The facility includes a state-of-the-art audio equipment, 61-inch wide screen and eighteen 27-inch televisions located throughout with satellite, cable, NTN trivia and pay-per-view capabilities. The big social nights are Wednesday and Friday. Fall brings Football Frenzy with a chance for club members to win great trips and merchandise. Other programs are game show nights and block parties. J.R. Rockers Sports Cafe offers a tempting rotating lunch buffet on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There are also meeting rooms and an ATM. For more information, call (850) 884-6469.

Junior enlisted Airmen at Hurlburt Field now have a great place to relax. The Landing Zone is the base's hangout designed exclusively for senior Airmen and below. Boasting several high tech features any Airmen these days would love to have, the Landing Zone is meant to give Airmen a safe place to gather with friends and help fulfill some of their recreational needs and interests. The Landing Zone features a movie theater room, music rooms, a gaming room, pool tables, dartboards, eight big screen televisions with cable and satellite service, WI-FI Internet and computers. The center also offers daily, weekly and monthly special events. The center is available to anyone in the ranks of E-1 through E-4 and each Airman can bring up to two guests that are at least 18 years old.

The center is open Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Also available is Velocity Subs, open Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. The main center's phone number is (850) 884-5080 or DSN 850-579-5080. (Emergency after-hours assistance and counseling services are available through First Sergeants or the Hurlburt Field Command Post and/or counseling services are available at (850) 884-4979


The Youth Program offers a variety of activities for youth ages 5-18 years. The School Age Program services local schools and offers before- and after school care for children 5-12 years old. Children dropped off in the morning are offered breakfast and a variety of free choice activities until they depart for school. Transportation to and from school is provided. After school, they're offered a nutritious snack and choice of activities and clubs based on interest.

The Summer Camp Program serves children 5-12 years of age and operates from 6:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Children are served breakfast, lunch and a snack and participate in activities such as field trips, swimming, bowling, skating and free choice activities. Fees for both these programs are based on a sliding scale for total family income. The Open Recreation Program hosts instructional classes (tae kwon do and gymnastics), monthly pre-teen and teen dances, a variety of special activities and free choice of game room and gym activities from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday; 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday. The Youth Sports Program offers soccer, basketball, softball, roller hockey, flag football, baseball and cheerleading. For more information, call (850) 884-3766.

The Multi Craft Skills Center consolidates the auto skills shop, frame shop and wood shops in one facility. For more information, call (850) 884-6942.

Adjacent to the Soundside housing area, the outdoor recreation center offers equipment and classes for the outdoor enthusiast. The inside of this beautiful waterfront facility may be rented for parties of 35 people. Outdoor recreation provides oversight for the Marina, Fam- Camp, Paintball Program, Rifle and Pistol Club, Dive Club, Swimming Pool, Picnic Grounds, POV Resale Lot and RV Storage Lot. Boating safety classes, which are a prerequisite for all motorized boat rentals, are offered Thursday at 2 p.m., and Saturday at noon. Additional boating and sailing classes are scheduled throughout the year. For more information, call (850) 884-6939.

Facilities include free launching ramps and a fishing pier. Rentals include: ski boats, canoes, kayaks, sailboats and pontoon party boats. Pop-up camping trailers, tents, gear, coolers, water sports equipment, aquatic supplies, fishing licenses, tackle and bait, ice and gasoline are also available. Reservations for boats and campers can be made in person, or by telephone with a credit card. Hours of operation are seasonal. For more information, call (850) 884-4097.

The FamCamp facility has 50 RV sites with water, electricity and sewage connections. Ten tent sites are also available. All sites have charcoal grills and picnic tables. The camper support building offers restrooms, showers and a coin operated laundry. The FamCamp is located off U.S. Highway 98, south of the main gate. Patrons may register at Outdoor Recreation or the Marina. For more information, call (850) 884-6939.

The swimming pool provides relief from the summer heat and a variety of water safety courses. The pool is open May-September, Tuesday-Sunday and holidays. Lap swim, swimming lessons, water aerobics and life-saving classes are also available. The bathhouse contains showers, restrooms and lockers. The pool is available for private parties as well. For information during the season call (850) 884-6866.

The Dive Shop is open Monday and Friday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., for equipment rental and services. Regular meetings are the first Thursday of each month. Memberships are available featuring dive certification classes, equipment checkout/ rental and tank refills. For an informational recording call (850) 884-6939.

Hurlburt Lanes 12-lane facility offers:
• AMF BOSS scoring system with selective bumper capability 
• State-of-the-art Kegel Sanction Elite lane conditioning machine that ensures consistent lane dressing every time
• Lockers for personal equipment
• Video games
• Limited Pro Shop supplies are available and any item not in-stock can be special ordered
• Leagues 
• YABA program for children
• Sunday afternoon Family XTREME Bowling, 9-Pin No-Tap Tournaments, Individual XTREME Bowling
• Free bowling for immediate family members of deployed personnel
• Birthday parties for children at reasonable prices or accept reservations for all other parties
• The "Spare Time Grill" offers breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and lunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (850) 884-6941

Gator Lakes Golf Course includes an 18-hole championship layout course, complete practice facility, locker rooms, a pro shop, golf lessons and a quick service snack bar. The professional Pro Shop staff is available to assist with all golfing needs including advice, golf equipment and game improvement techniques. There is also a trained club repairer on staff. Gator Lakes Golf Course is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the base with large pine trees, lakes and wildlife. There is a great view of the taxiway from the back deck of the snack bar which makes it the perfect location to enjoy a relaxing lunch or have an after work snack and refreshment with a view. Please be sure to check out the visual tour link on our Web site for a glimpse of this great facility. For more information, call (850) 881-2251.

Located next to the Commando Store is a full service travel agency offering discounted vacation packages, airline tickets, college and professional sports tickets, bus tours, hotel accommodations and even cruises. Brochures and tickets are available for local and regional attractions such as Disney World, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens and Six Flags. Tours include football and baseball games, Mardi Gras and the New Orleans Jazz Festival. The office is open weekdays, and may be reached at (850) 884-7848 or by e-mail at leisuretravel@


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